Blockley - Paxford - Broad Campden - Blockley

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A walk across gentle rolling hills of the North Cotswolds, visiting several very attractive Cotswold villages, all with cottages and buildings made from honey Cotswold stone. The walk starts at Blockley, which is different in character from other North Cotswold villages with a unique collection of buildings reflecting its past in both in both the wool and then silk industries. It is now a peaceful village, with its maze of narrow streets and mill stream winding its way through the bottom of the valley.

The walk only clips the edge of Paxford, but it is worth wandering in to have a look at this village, which has retained much of its old charm, including a cottage which still has a very old Hovis advertisement giving hints of its past.

Broad Campden is close to the more well-known Chipping Campden, but has its own identity, which has been influenced by architect C R Ashbee, who lived in the village for a while and who did so much for nearby Chipping Campden. It has a rare 17th Century Quaker meeting-house, the oldest in the country still in use; and a parish church, notable for its unusual round bellcote. With all the villages visited on the walk, it is not surprising that there is a choice of excellent pubs, all with good food - you will be spoilt for choice.

As well as the charming villages that are passed through, there is some very attractive countryside to be seen. The last part of the walk is much more hilly, with some great views over Broad Campden before you approach the village; and the return to Blockley follows a steep-sided valley along the Heart of England Way.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds


Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Pub, Toilets, Woodland
8/27/2021 - Iestyn Roberts

Great walk through the Cotswolds. much of it very quiet, quite a few sections were little trodden, but mostly easy to find your way, the directions are clear. At waypoint 33, the path is very faint, stay right up the hill. Enjoyable!

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